Are game show expenses deductible?

Discussion in 'Tax' started by deetee, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. deetee

    deetee Guest


    Are travel expenses to game show locations deductible? I've
    visited, and all they say is that your winnings are
    deductible. Okay, I get fact, the state of
    California has already taken its cut. But it cost about $400
    just to fly out there from the East Coast. Another
    contestant said that yes, you can deduct the airfare (though
    I don't know where on the tax form), but I can't find any
    supporting data for this. Would you fill out Schedule C?
    What if you already have a small side business that you
    already report on Schedule C? (I sense that game show
    winnings are not considered "gambling" income.)

    Another concern:

    If the winnings check arrived in 2005 (and therefore is
    taxable next April), but the expenses were incurred in 2004,
    what do you do? (If expenses ARE deductible, should I deduct
    them now, for this Friday--and where?--or should I hold onto
    the receipts for next year, when I do my 2005 taxes?)

    Who woulda thought that a very piddling check would require
    this much labor? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
    deetee, Apr 12, 2005
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  2. deetee


    May 16, 2017
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    Did this ever get answered? I was on a game show and paid for my flight and accommodations and everything else and would like to know everything I could deduct from my winnings. I won this year of 2017 for tax purposes.
    john76, May 16, 2017
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